News • 25 Feb 2021
Supporting young people transition from childhood to adulthood
The transition from childhood to young adult can be challenging, and when people are transitioning out of care at 18 years of age, the challenges can be overwhelming. This is where the Transition Post Care Support Initiative (TPCSI) steps in.
Open Minds is proud to offer this support to young people aged 15-21 years, who need some additional support through the early stages of adulthood.
As young people are deemed Adults at the age of 18, their foster care arrangements, funding and living situations change almost immediately overnight.
We all know that without the right support before a person turns 18, the young person can start looking for help in all the wrong places, and in some cases, set negative patterns for the rest of their life.
Open Minds has been offering this program around the Logan area for many years and is proud to extend this service to the Gold Coast region.
The program is managed by our expert Transition Officers, Jasna and Larry who are so passionate about what they do, that you can hear the pride in their voices the minute they start talking about ‘their kids’.
These young people have transitioned through the program and still visit Jasna and Larry years later, sometimes with their own families.
The program works alongside other youth services and provides mental health or disability support if required. Our Transition Officers work with the young people to:
- assess the needs of each individual
- identify the person’s strengths
- work through the person’s goals, and the skills required to reach them
- work alongside any decision makers in the young person’s life
- provide support in navigating services needed to reach goals
- increase community networks to reduce social isolation
- develop necessary daily living skills to live an independent and fulfilling life
- and other personal development skills